Producing fuels from under-utilized biomass instead of fossil based feedstock is an effective means of alleviating concerns about climate change and energy security, according to an engineering professor who will present his research at a conference in India this week.
“These are the major factors driving our search for cheap renewable energy sources,” said Jerald Lalman, a professor in the department of Civil and Environmental Engineering.
Manufacturers in the pulp and paper industry may one day convert a toxic by-product from their processes into electricity, thanks to the work of an engineering graduate student.
An award-winning researcher from California and long-time collaborator with the Los Alamos National Laboratory will speak here tomorrow about his efforts to help create the equivalent of “hurricane charts” that help predict when structures might fail.
A video podcast of a lecture featuring engineering professor Rupp Carriveau and his predictions for what life will be like in Ontario in 2030 is now available on line.
Dr. Carriveau, whose expertise is in renewable sources of energy, is the university’s representative in a campaign called Research Matters. Organized by the Council of Ontario Universities, its aim is to increase public awareness about the importance of university level research.
Sorting through the University’s garbage can be a little disheartening, says Taylor Purdy.
A master’s student of environmental engineering, she combed through a pile of trash Friday outside the maintenance compound on Union Avenue, conducting an audit of the waste produced on campus.
“At least half of this could have been recycled,” Purdy said. “It’s especially sad because this pile comes from the Centre for Engineering Innovation, a LEED-certified building where we are not recycling like we could be.”